G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Ductless Air Conditioning’

Need a New Heater? Go Ductless!

Monday, December 18th, 2017

ductless-blowerIn our previous post, we talked about how a heat pump can help you to heat your home with greater energy efficiency.  We also talked about how our climate here in the Pacific Northwest is particularly well-suited for the use of a heat pump. Today, we want to talk about a specific type of heat pump that can offer even greater, more unique benefits. The system in question is the ductless mini split, and it can revolutionize the way in which you heat your home.

Read on to learn more about what makes the ductless mini split such an innovative heating option, and how it is that the system operates. Then, give us a call to have your new system installed in your home. Regardless of whether or not you choose to use a ductless mini split in Mukilteo, WA, you can count on our experts to install your new heating system properly.  You deserve great comfort, and that’s what we have to offer. 

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Does Ductless Air Conditioning Make Sense for Me?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

If you are looking for a brand new air conditioning system to install in a brand new home, or if your existing property needs a new AC installed, then you may want to consider the use of a ductless air conditioning system. Ductless mini splits have long been very popular in commercial settings, but they have also made great strides in the residential sector recently. There are, quite simply, a few benefits that you’ll enjoy as a result of ductless cooling that you won’t find elsewhere. Read on to learn more about why you may opt for ductless air conditioning in Everett, WA.

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3 Ways in Which Ductless Air Conditioning Can Save You Money

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

One thing homeowners today cannot complain about is a lack of options when it comes to cooling their homes. There are quite a few air conditioning systems out there to choose from; so many, in fact, that it may be difficult to determine which is the right fit for your home and your cooling preferences. One option that has gained a lot of traction in the residential sector in recent years is the ductless air conditioner. There are a few reasons for this, not the least of which being the fact that you may be able to save quite a bit of money by using a ductless AC in North Seattle. Just remember to call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to schedule your ductless air conditioning services. 

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How to Decide If Ductless Air Conditioning Is Right for You

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Ductless mini split heat pumps continue to grow in popularity around the country as homeowners seek alternatives to central ACs using ductwork. Ductless air conditioning works through individual, wall-mounted blower units that hook up to the outside cabinet; the blowers send the cooled air directly into the rooms, bypassing the need for ducts.

Choosing to go ductless is a good option for many reasons. However, they won’t offer the same set of advantages to all homeowners, so you should put some serious thought into this choice. Talk to our North Seattle ductless air conditioning professionals; they will help you weigh the factors involved so you end up with the right system. For assistance, look to the experience of G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today.

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How Does Ductless Air Conditioning Actually Work?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Summer is a bit slower in coming here than in some other parts of the country, but right around now is when you should start to consider your residential cooling system. The most intense heat of the year will be here before you know it, and it is vital that you are able to cool your home in North Seattle effectively. For many homeowners, this means scheduling annual maintenance for their air conditioning systems before summer is in full swing. For others, though, it may mean investing in a new air conditioner before summer’s arrival.

If you are considering your air conditioning options for a new installation, or if the time has come to replace an old, failing system, give ductless air conditioning some attention. You may just find that this is a great option for your needs. Contact the ductless AC experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for more details. 

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Are Ductless AC Repairs Different from Central AC Repairs?

Friday, September 19th, 2014

If you’re considering ductless air conditioning installation, you may have some concerns about the future of your air conditioner. Ductless AC is one of the most efficient ways to cool your home, but you may wonder what type of repair work goes along with this unique type of cooling system. How do ductless repairs differ from central AC repairs? Here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., we’ve handled repairs for all types of AC systems, so we’ve put together this guide to a couple of differences that go along with ductless air conditioning installation.

Central AC vs. Ductless AC

Ductless air conditioners rely on the same refrigeration cycle to cool your home as do central air conditioners. Refrigerant cycles in the indoor and outdoor portions to remove heat from the air in your home. The only main differences are how the indoor units are installed and how air is distributed to the home. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between the two units.

  • A ductless air conditioner can cool your entire home without the use of ductwork.
  • Central air conditioners have an outdoor unit and an indoor evaporator unit. A ductless system instead has an outdoor unit and multiple indoor blowers mounted high on the wall or suspended from the ceiling.
  • Another key difference between the two systems is that a ductless unit has built-in zone control. With central AC, you’d have to pay extra to install zone control in the ductwork. With ductless units, each blower has its own thermostat, so you can adjust the temperature differently in individual zones of the home.

Repair Needs with Both

Overall, these differences are relatively minor. The outdoor unit still contains the same components (compressor, condenser, fan), as do the indoor blowers, so any problems with major parts will be similar in both types of air conditioner. With a ductless AC, however, you won’t have to deal with problems associated with faulty ductwork. Problems that are unique to ductless air conditioners may include installation problems with the indoor blowers and wiring issues with the master thermostat that you may use to control all the units at once.

Are you considering ductless air conditioning installation in Lynnwood? Do you have more questions about going ductless before you make any final decisions? Call the friendly experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today.

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What are the Components of a Ductless AC?

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Many homeowners without ducts try alternative cooling options like window air conditioners to keep rooms cool. But the cooling capacity of these units is generally low, meaning they cannot always effectively cool an entire room. Plus, these units are often noisy and cost a lot of money to run, particularly if you want to cool down several rooms at once.

Ductless air conditioning is the perfect solution for homes that don’t have any ductwork set up in the home already. While it may be possible for you to add ductwork to your older home or new room extension, this is a big job that may be quite the hassle. Installing ductwork is an extensive process that involves major home renovations, while the only renovation an AC technician makes to install a ductless system is a small hole drilled into the wall for the refrigerant line.

Just like any conventional air conditioner, a ductless air conditioner contains indoor and outdoor components that work together to cool the home. Refrigerant moves through the system, absorbing heat from your home and releasing it outdoors. Outside, the condenser unit contains the compressor, the condenser coil, and a large outdoor fan. First, refrigerant reaches the compressor as a low-pressure gas and is compressed into a gas at extremely high pressure and heat. Next, refrigerant moves to the condenser coil. As the outdoor fan blows over the coil, refrigerant condenses into a liquid, and the fan helps heat to dissipate into the air.

The indoor portion of a ductless AC, however, differs from the indoor portion of most central air conditioners. An air handler is mounted high on the wall or on the ceiling. Here, the evaporator converts refrigerant into a gas, and it absorbs heat from the air as a blower fan moves warm air over the coil. Rather than use the ducts to distribute the cool air, the fan blows air directly from the handler. While you may need several air handlers to cool an entire home, each unit has its own thermostat, so you can control the temperature in one room independently of the others.

Because ductless air conditioning systems are also very energy efficient, they may be the perfect solution for many homes. If you want more information about ductless air conditioning in Lynnwood, call the dependable experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today!

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What Are the Components of a Ductless Blower Unit?

Monday, August 25th, 2014

There was a time when homes without ductwork did not have the option of whole-home air conditioning installations, but advances in the cooling industry have opened the door for new and innovative ways to air condition many different kinds of homes. While ductless air conditioning isn’t new, its migration to residential properties is fairly recent, and it is gaining a great deal of popularity among homeowners. The idea of ductless air conditioning can seem confusing, but the truth is that the system is quite simple. However, its simplicity does not mean that installing a ductless system is a good DIY project; for any air conditioning installation, it’s best to call experts like G&S Heating, Cooling & Electric.

Ductless Components

Ductless air conditioning system components consist of:

  • Outdoor condenser unit
  • Indoor blowers
  • Conduits

The outdoor condenser unit of a ductless system is basically the same as a traditional split-system air conditioner with one exception: the ductless outdoor unit connects directly to the indoor blowers via a conduit through an exterior wall of your home. The indoor blowers are about 35” long and mount easily to walls and ceilings. The conduit, which fits through a 3” drilled hole, has lines for drainage, refrigerant and power. The blowers are operated individually from one another, offering you customized cooling.

Benefits of a Ductless System

The most obvious benefit of a ductless system is that it offers whole-home cooling without the need for ductwork. But ductless ACs have several other benefits that are worth noting:

  • Energy efficiency – ductless systems allow you to cool only what you need to, which can help cut down your energy usage.
  • Customized comfort – as we mentioned above, each blower runs independently, giving you automatic zone control cooling.
  • Easy installation – compared to installing ductwork, the installation of a ductless air conditioner is much easier. The indoor blowers are mounted on a wall or hung from a ceiling, a small hole is drilled through an exterior wall for the conduit, and then the components are connected.
  • Can also offer heating – if the outdoor unit is a heat pump, a ductless system can also heat your home in winter.

Ductless systems can be a great fit for many homes, but the best way to determine if it’s the best fit for your home is to work with an expert. If you are considering the installation of ductless air conditioning in Lynnwood, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electric today and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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Repairs Ductless Air Conditioners May Need

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Ductless air conditioning systems may be easy to install and don’t need ductwork, but at some point they will still need repair. The outdoor unit of a ductless system is very similar to that of a traditional split-system air conditioner, so the real differences in repair work come from the indoor blowers. Ductless air conditioning repairs don’t have to be overwhelming or inconvenient, especially when you call seasoned professionals like the ones at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. Here are some common repairs that can happen with ductless ACs:

  • Condensate leakage – ductless blowers do not have a condensate array like a traditional split-system because there is no indoor unit; there is just a blower. The blower drains the excess moisture (condensate) through a tube to the outside directly from the blower. Sometimes, this tube can become blocked, and water can back up, causing a leak. If not repaired, the wall closest to the leak can be damaged by the excess water.
  • Issues with fans – the fans in the blowers are much smaller than those of traditional split-system air conditioners, but they can still have similar problems. Blades can get damaged, belts can wear and the motors can burnout. Because a few different things can go wrong with these small components, it’s better to let a trained professional inspect any fan problem that may exist.
  • Refrigerant leaks – refrigerant leaks can occur in the indoor and outdoor coils, and also in the refrigerant line that runs from the indoor blower to the outdoor unit; this is one of the ways a ductless AC differs from a traditional system. It’s important to fix refrigerant leaks in any system, and because certification is required to handle refrigerant, you should always use a trained professional.

Ductless air conditioning repairs in Mill Creek offer you the opportunity to keep your ductless AC in optimal shape. If you experience even minor problems with your ductless air conditioner, call and set up your ductless air conditioning repairs in Mill Creek with the experts who can help: G&S Heating, Cooling & Electric, Inc.

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The Ideal Situations for a Ductless Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Ductless air conditioning has been around for a while, but initially was mostly seen in commercial properties. Over the last few years, however, it has become quite popular with residential property owners due to some of its unique benefits. While a ductless AC can fit many different types of homes, there are situations where it is ideal. However, for it to work ideally, ductless air conditioning in Lynnwood should only be installed by professionals. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electric, Inc. installs and repairs ductless systems, so turn to us for your ductless AC needs.

Who Should Consider Ductless?

As stated above, ductless mini-split air conditioners can benefit a great many homes. However, there are a few benefits offered by ductless ACs that may work better for some homes than others:

No Ductwork

For homes without ductwork, a ductless system offers whole-home cooling without the expense and hassle of installing ductwork. Ductless ACs use individual, wall-mounted blowers to deliver the cool air. So for older homes with no ductwork, or older homes that would need retrofitted ductwork, this large expense is eliminated.

Can Also Heat

Ductless systems can operate using heat pump technology, providing both heating and cooling. This is because heat pumps have a component called a reversing valve, which allows you to easily switch the direction in which the refrigerant flows.

Easy Expansion

If you plan to expand your property, adding air conditioning to that addition is easy with a ductless air conditioner. There’s no need to install ductwork or to work around challenging architecture; simply install another blower and you’ll have cooling. It should be noted that an outdoor unit can support up to 4 blowers.

Other Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning:

Here are a few other benefits to consider when it comes to a ductless AC:

  • Energy efficiency – blowers are controlled individually by you, so you can cool only what you need to. Less cooling means less energy use, which can translate to lower monthly energy bills.
  • Customized comfort – many blowers are programmable, and as such, can be set to the temperature you want room by room. This allows for zone cooling but without a ducted zone control system.
  • Easy installation – an outdoor unit, which contains the condenser and compressor, can be placed on the ground, and the blowers are connected to the outdoor unit via a conduit connected to the outdoor unit through an exterior wall. The conduit is only about 3” wide, and a single outdoor unit can support up to 4 blowers.

Want to know more about ductless air conditioning options in Lynnwood? Call G&S Heating, Cooling and Electric, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

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